Week #11 brought a new challenge…the dreaded six day road trip. I prepared 17 meals ahead of time and planned where I would work out each day. I got in all my workouts and was able to use some different equipment to hit the muscle groups at different angles. It was awesome and the workouts were intense and went as planned. The diet was a little more difficult. Eight hours on the road each way with no microwave posed to be a problem. I snacked on some lean beef jerky, almonds, unsalted peanuts, and protein bars while driving, which worked out pretty well. The biggest problem was all the time spent out doing things with the family, away from the hotel and microwave. We went to many restaurants with lots of great, but unauthorized foods. If there was a healthy choice on the menu, I ate, but if not, I just waited until I got back to the hotel to microwave my food. If I were to do it again, I would stop at a mini-mart while on the road to microwave my food and try to prepare some foods that don’t need to be cooked for a quick snack. I did pack some decent protein bars, in case of an emergency, but I had to rely on them too much. Needless to say, no weight loss for the week and 200 lbs may be out of reach. However, in some cases damage control is a win, and I didn’t back slide, so I count that as a win. Man it was tough to sit there and watch everybody eat Woodstock’s Pizza, but I didn’t touch the stuff. I will be bumping up the cardio to 90 minutes and reducing the carbohydrates this week to try and reach the 200 lbs mark by Saturday. At least I can say, I reached my original goal of 205 lbs, but I am about another 15 pounds or so from competition shape. I am a little disappointed that I don’t look better than I do at my current weight, but I have made steady and healthy progress to this point. I didn’t want to lose much more than 1-2 lbs per week and I am on target to accomplish an average weight loss of two pounds per week. I will just keep plugging away during week #12 and try to hit that 200 lb mark. I have to keep in mind that this is a lifestyle choice I have made and not a temporary condition. I will continue to press on toward the goal and continue to live the lifestyle. Train on!